‘Opposition parties will not be able to take any decision after examining them’
HYDERABAD: Finance Minister K. Rosaiah has rejected the demand by Opposition parties to place the files of agreements signed by the government with Maytas Infra Limited (MIL) to implement various irrigation and other projects, for scrutiny by them.
He took this stand at a press conference here on Friday on the ground that TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu had never provided files to the Opposition during his entire nine-year tenure as Chief Minister when the latter sought them in connection with various scandals.
The Minister contended that the opposition parties would not be able to take any decision after examining the files as the people gave the mandate to the Congress. Placing the files before them, therefore, would not serve any purpose.
Mr. Rosaiah said it was Mr. Naidu who patronised the MIL by awarding irrigation and other projects to it right from 1996.
The turnover of the company covered by the government projects which stood at Rs. 20.7 crore in 1996-97, reached Rs. 299 crore in 2003-04.
Construction World, a US-based magazine, hailed MIL in 2003 as the fastest growing firm.
On the “grand alliance”, Mr. Rosaiah said each of its constituents felt it was too weak to fight the elections and having no other alternative, they joined together. The outcome would be that the Congress would win the polls.